Back-to-School Bonanza: 50 Healthier Lunchbox Treats—Gluten Free, Nut Free, and “More Free”—That Your Kids Will Love!

50 Gluten-Free Nut-Free Back-to-School Lunchbox Treats

As soon as it’s time for the kiddos to go back to school, we start racking our brains thinking of proper treats for their lunches. You know … ones they’ll enjoy, but also ones that are healthy enough to make us feel like good parents and aren’t too difficult or time consuming for us to make. Well, a bunch of our All Gluten-Free Desserts’ contributors have come together to give you some terrific lunchbox options, so you can save your brain for all the forms that you have to fill out at the beginning of each year, for those minutes that you have to spend being a homework aide to your child, and for much more that always seems to tax us this time each year!

More and more schools are requiring that treats be nut free to protect those with nut allergies. That’s a really terrific thing and I’m all for it! Safety rules—always! I hope this roundup with give those who are gluten free and nut free some new treat options as well as help out those who are grain free/paleo/primal who have relied on nuts for your lunchbox recipes in the past.

Please note that I labeled these recipes for the following: gluten free, dairy free, egg free, refined sugar free, vegetarian, vegan, paleo, primal. However, most of these treats are also free of other allergens like peanuts, soy, etc., so be sure to check out the recipes via the links to see if these will work for your family. I hope you will find many, many new options! Finally, please, please verify the “free” status of ingredients to your own comfort level.

Animal Crackers from GF Jules ~ gluten free, refined sugar free, nut free, vegetarian, with dairy-free option

Animal Crackers from GF Jules

Animal Crackers from GF Jules

Beach Bum Lentil Trail Mix from Healthful Pursuit ~ gluten free, dairy free, egg free, nut free, vegan (use grain-free flour, like coconut flour, for grain-free option)

Gluten-Free Nut-Free Beach Bum Trail Mix from Healthful Pursuit

Beach Bum Trail Mix from Healthful Pursuit

Bran New Muffins from Gluten Free Easily ~ gluten free, dairy free, nut free, vegetarian

Gluten-Free Bran Muffins from Gluten Free Easily

Gluten-Free “Bran” Muffins from Gluten Free Easily

Breakfast Cookies from She Let Them Eat Cake ~ gluten free, dairy free, egg free, nut free, refined sugar free, vegan

Gluten-Free Nut-Free Breakfast Cookies from She Let Them Eat Cake

Nut-Free Breakfast Cookies from She Let Them Eat Cake

Chewy Chocolate Cherry Cookies from Tasty Eats At Home ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, egg free, nut free, sugar free, vegan, paleo, primal

Grain-Free Nut-Free Chewy Chocolate Cherry Cookies from Tasty Eats At Home

Chewy Chocolate Cherry Cookies from Tasty Eats At Home

Chocolate Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins from Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures ~ gluten free, nut free, vegetarian

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Chocolate Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins from Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars from Live Free, Gluten Free ~ gluten free, dairy free, nut free, vegetarian

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars Live Free Gluten Free

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars from Live Free Gluten Free

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie Dough Balls from Go Dairy Free ~ gluten free, dairy free, egg free, nut free, vegan

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie Dough Balls from Go Dairy Free

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie Dough Balls from Go Dairy Free

Chocolate Chip Sunflower Crunch Balls from Edible Perspective ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, egg free, nut free, paleo, primal, vegan

Gluten-Free Nut-Free Chocolate Chip Sunflower Crunch Balls Edible Perspective

Chocolate Chip Sunflower Crunch Balls from Edible Perspective

Chocolate Paleo Snack Cake from Paleo Spirit ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, nut free, sugar free, paleo, primal, vegetarian

Gluten-Free Nut-Free Paleo Chocolate Snack Cake from Paleo Spirit

Chocolate Snack Cake from Paleo Spirit

Chocolate Pumpkinseed Flour Cookies from The Mommy Bowl ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, egg free, nut free, vegan

Gluten-Free Nut-Free Chocolate Pumpkin Seed Flour Cookies The Mommy Bowl

Chocolate Pumpkin Seed Flour Cookies from The Mommy Bowl

Chunky Monkey Muffins from Paleo Parents ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, egg free, nut free (choose nut-free option), paleo, primal, vegan

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Chunky Monkey Muffins from Paleo Parents

Cinnamon “French Toast” Flatbread from The Paleo Mom ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, refined sugar free, paleo, primal, vegetarian

Nut-Free Paleo Cinnamon "French Toast" Flatbread from The Paleo Mom

Cinnamon French Toast Flatbread from The Paleo Mom

Cinnamon Raisin Baked Oatmeal Squares from A Few Shortcuts ~ gluten free (use gluten-free options), nut free, vegetarian, with dairy-free option

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Cinnamon Raisin Baked Oatmeal Squares from A Few Shortcuts

Cinnamon Roll Sunflower Bars from Edible Perspective ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, egg free, nut free, sugar free, paleo, primal, vegan

Gluten-Free Nut-Free Cinnamon Roll Sunflower Bars Edible Perspective

Cinnamon Roll Sunflower Bars from Edible Perspective

Coconut Blueberry Pound Cupcakes from Gluten Free Easily ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, refined sugar free, nut free, vegetarian

Gluten-Free Nut-Free Coconut Blueberry Pound Cupcakes from Gluten Free Easily

Coconut Blueberry Pound Cupcakes from Gluten Free Easily

Creamy Chocolate Fudge from Oatmeal with a Fork ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, egg free, nut free, refined sugar free, vegetarian, with vegan option

Gluten-Free Nut-Free Creamy Chocolate Fudge Oatmeal with a Fork

Creamy Chocolate Fudge from Oatmeal with a Fork

Crunchy Cereal from Gluten Free SCD and Veggie ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, egg free, nut free, vegetarian, paleo, primal, SCD

Grain Free & Nut Free Crunchy Cereal Gluten Free SCD and Veggie

Crunchy Cereal Gluten Free SCD and Veggie

Easy Pancake Bites from A Few Shortcuts ~ gluten free (use gluten-free option), nut free (use nut-free option) (Choose the healthy variations on this recipe for lunch and save the more indulgent options for a special treat!)

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Easy Pancake Bites from A Few Shortcuts

Flourless Nut-Free Brownies from Elana’s Pantry ~ gluten free,  grain free, dairy free, nut free, refined sugar free, paleo, primal, vegetarian

Gluten-Free Nut-Free Flourless Brownies from Elana's Pantry (Paleo Cooking)

Flourless Brownies from Elana’s Pantry (Paleo Cooking)

Grain-Free Nut-Free Brownies from Cuter Than Gluten ~ gluten free, grain free, nut free, refined sugar free, vegetarian, with dairy-free, paleo, primal options

Grain-Free Nut-Free Brownies Cuter Than Gluten

Grain-Free Nut-Free Brownies from Cuter Than Gluten

Healthy Oatmeal Cranberry Breakfast Cookies from Go Dairy Free ~ gluten free, dairy free, egg free, nut free, vegan

Gluten-Free Nut-Free Healthy Oatmeal Cranberry Breakfast Cookies from Go Dairy Free

Healthy Oatmeal Cranberry Breakfast Cookies from Go Dairy Free

Healthy Power Muffins from Go Dairy Free ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, egg free, nut free, with vegan option

Gluten-Free Nut-Free Healthy Power Muffins from Go Dairy Free

Healthy Power Muffins from Go Dairy Free

Honey Lemon Bars from Oatmeal with a Fork ~ gluten free, dairy free, nut free, vegetarian

Gluten-Free Nut-Free Honey Lemon Bars from Oatmeal with a Fork

Honey Lemon Bars from Oatmeal with a Fork

Kid-Friendly Carob Oat Truffles from Oatmeal with a Fork ~ gluten free, dairy free, egg free, nut free, refined sugar free, vegetarian, with vegan option (be sure to use gluten-free oats)

Gluten-Free Nut-Free Kid-Friendly Carob Oat Truffles from Oatmeal with a Fork

Kid-Friendly Carob Oat Truffles from Oatmeal with a Fork

Lemon Poppy Seed Power Balls from Daily Bites ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, egg free, refined sugar free, nut free, paleo, primal, vegan

Gluten-Free Nut-Free Lemon Poppy Seed Power Balls from Daily Bites

from Daily Bites

Maple Caramel Candy Chews from Gluten Free Easily ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, refined sugar free, nut free (choose nut-free options), paleo, primal, vegan

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Maple-Sweetened Chocolate Chip Banana Bread from Go Dairy Free ~ gluten free, dairy free, egg free, nut free, vegan

Gluten-Free Nut-Free Maple-Sweetened Banana Bread Go Dairy Free

Maple-Sweetened Banana Bread from Go Dairy Free

Meringues from Gluten Free Goodness ~ gluten free, dairy free, nut free (choose nut-free options), vegetarian

Meringues from Gluten Free Goodness

Meringues from Gluten Free Goodness

Mexican “Chocolatey” Pudding from Predominantly Paleo ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, egg free, vegan paleo, primal, AIP

Mexican Chocolatey Pudding Predominantly Paleo

Mexican “Chocolatey” Pudding from Predominantly Paleo

Moist Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins from The Baking Beauties ~ gluten free, vegetarian

Gluten-Free Nut-Free Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins The Baking Beauties

Moist Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Nut-Free Date Bites from The Gluten-Free Homemaker ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, egg free, nut free, sugar free, vegan, paleo, primal

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Nut-Free Granola Bars from She Let Them Eat Cake ~ gluten free, dairy free, egg free, refined sugar free, nut free, vegan

Gluten-Free Nut-Free Granola Bars from She Let Them Eat Cake

Nut-Free Granola Bars from She Let Them Eat Cake

Nut-Free Paleo Autoimmune Protocol Granola from And Love It, Too! ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, egg free, nut free, sugar free, vegan, paleo, primal, AIP

Nut-Free Paleo Autoimmune Protocol Granola And Love It Too

Nut-Free Paleo Autoimmune Protocol Granola from And Love It Too

Oatmeal Heart Cookies from Nourishing Meals ~ gluten free, dairy free, egg free, nut free, vegan, with refined sugar-free option

Gluten-Free Nut-Free Oatmeal Heart Cookies from Nourishing Meals

Oatmeal Heart Cookies from Nourishing Meals

Paleo Chocolate Chip Scones from Elana’s Pantry ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, nut free, paleo, primal

Gluten-Free Nut-Free Paleo Chocolate Chip Scones from Elana's Pantry

Paleo Chocolate Chip Scones from Elana’s Pantry

Paleo Fluffy Sunbutter Cookies from Gluten Free Easily ~ gluten free, grain free, nut free (use nut-free option), vegetarian, paleo, primal

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Paleo Fluffy Puffy Sunbutter Cookies

Paleo-O’s Cereal from Predominantly Paleo ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, egg free, nut free, paleo, primal, vegan

Gluten-Free Grain-Free Nut-Free Paleo O's Cereal from Predominantly Paleo

Paleo O’s Cereal from Predominantly Paleo

Paleo Sweet Potato Muffins from Tessa, The Domestic Diva ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, egg free, nut free, paleo, primal, vegan

Gluten-Free Nut-Free Paleo Sweet Potato Muffins from Tessa, The Domestic Diva

from Tessa, The Domestic Diva

Peanut-Free Peanut Butter Cookies from Ricki Heller ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, egg free, nut free, vegan

Gluten-Free Nut-Free Peanut-Free Peanut Butter Cookies from Ricki Heller

Peanut-Free Peanut Butter Cookies from Ricki Heller

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins from Tessa, The Domestic Diva ~ gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free, nut free, vegan

Gluten-Free Nut-Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins Tessa The Domestic Diva

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins from Tessa The Domestic Diva

Pumpkin Gingerbread Muffins from The Paleo Mom ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, refined sugar free, paleo, primal, vegetarian

Gluten-Free Nut-Free Pumpkin Gingerbread Muffins The Paleo Mom

Pumpkin Gingerbread Muffins from The Paleo Mom

Protein-Packed Monster Breakfast Cookies from Allergy Free Alaska ~ gluten free, dairy free, egg free, nut free, paleo, primal, vegan

Gluten-Free Nut-Free Protein-Packed Monster Breakfast Cookies from Allergy Free Alaska

Protein-Packed Monster Breakfast Cookies

Pumpkin Seed Chocolate Chip Cookies from She Let Them Eat Cake ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, egg free, nut free, paleo, primal, vegan

Gluten-Free Nut-Free Pumpkin Seed Chocolate Chip Cookies She Let Them Eat Cake

Pumpkin Seed Chocolate Chip Cookies from She Let Them Eat Cake

Raw Cinnamon Sunflower Truffles from Nourishing Meals ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, egg free, nut free, refined sugar free, vegan, raw, paleo, primal

Raw Gluten-Free Nut-Free Cinnamon Sunflower Truffles Nourishing Meals

Raw Cinnamon Sunflower Truffles from Nourishing Meals

Spinach Brownies from The Paleo Mom ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, nut free, refined sugar free, paleo, primal, vegetarian

Gluten-Free Nut-Free Spinach Brownies The Paleo Mom

Spinach Brownies from The Paleo Mom

Sugar-Free Chocolate Macaroons from Allergy Free Alaska ~ gluten free, dairy free, nut free, sugar free, vegetarian

Gluten-Free Nut-Free Sugar-Free Chocolate Macaroons from Allergy Free Alaska

Sugar-Free Chocolate Macaroons

Sunflower Mini Cups from City | Life | Eats ~ gluten free, dairy free, egg free, nut free, vegan

Gluten-Free Nut-Free Vegan Sunflower Cups from City | Life | Eats

Sunflower Cups from City | Life | Eats

“Toddler” Sunflower Snack Cookies from Nourishing Meals ~ gluten free, dairy free, egg free, nut free, refined sugar free, vegan

Gluten-Free Nut-Free Vegan "Toddler" Sunflower Snack Cookies from Nourishing Meals

“Toddler” Sunflower Snack Cookies from Nourishing Meals

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins from Elana’s Pantry ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, nut free, vegetarian

Gluten-Free Nut-Free Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins from Elana's Pantry

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins from Elana’s Pantry

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Comments

  1. What a great idea to do a gluten and nut free roundup! I’ve been trying to not use as many nuts or nut flours, but I just can’t seem to get away from them! I think this roundup will help me :)

    -Cassidy

    • Thanks, Cassidy! The “nut-free” part was actually inspired by my friend Maggie (She Let Them Eat Cake). She wanted to link to gluten-free, nut-free recipes in her back-to-school post here and wanted to know what I had. I had nothing so I came up with something. ;-) I’m really so glad you think this post will be helpful to you!

      Shirley

  2. Wonderful round-up Shirley! I just pinned this and many of the recipes! Thanks for including me :)

  3. Wow Shirley! You must have so much patience, this is an incredible round-up! Thanks for sharing mine too. I’ll be sharing this post all over the place :) It’s going to be a great help, especially to those who also need to be nut-free.

  4. This is such an impressive list, Shirley! I’m sure it will be invaluable to many! Pinned, and shared… and thanks for featuring a few of my recipes, too! ;)
    xoxo

  5. Wow! Great roundup Shirley – and such a great resource. Thank you!

    Chrystal Carver

  6. Shirley, this is one heck of a line-up! So many great options and I appreciate how you identify each recipe with the dietary protocols they fit into; this makes flipping through and selecting a treat even easier!

    Thank you for including my Nut-Free Paleo Autoimmune Granola as well. This has been a favorite in our household for the last couple of years! I hope your readers enjoy, too! xoxo

    • Hi Sunny–Thanks so much, dear! And I do want to make it easier for folks to find recipes that will work for their families. ;-) I still haven’t made your AIP Granola, but I will once I’m back in baking mode. I know it has to be excellent with those ingredients. ;-)

      xoxo,
      Shirley

  7. This is an amazing round-up of recipes but I should have eaten my breakfast before looking at everything, I’m starving now!

    Thank you for including my recipe, now I’m going to share and pin! xo

  8. Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :) I can’t wait to see what you share this week! Its LIVE!

    Cindy from vegetarianmamma.com

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